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Lachie Grose engineers his career

Lachlan Grose

A role as a software engineer and energy trader at energy solutions provider CQ Energy is a far cry from the average lifestyle in Broken Hill.

But for 25-year-old Lachlan Grose, the high-tech job is just the latest achievement in a lifetime of academic and sporting successes.

And while he was well regarded for his academic achievements, it was his sporting achievements and work ethic that has earned him praise from many quarters of the community.

As a youngster, he regularly swam with the Broken Hill Stingrays club, and attended multiple state nationals swimming competitions.

He once beat then-future Olympian Kyle Chalmers in a breaststroke race when he was 14 or 15 years old, laughing that, “it’s my claim to fame”.

He also represented West Soccer club on the field for many years, and was employed at McDonalds, and then later Gloria Jeans, all while juggling his academic and sporting commitments.

But while life was going, you could say, swimmingly, for young Lachlan, he was to receive a real blow when it was discovered he had an irregular heart rate pattern.

He was suffering from supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).

“It got to a point where, in a soccer game, I had massive pains in my chest, but thankfully the hospital found the issue early so they saved me,” Mr Grose told the Truth.

But after no less than eight operations over two years in Adelaide, he was still not in the clear, so an open-heart operation was carried out in Melbourne.

He was just 16 years old – and it was only four days after he attended his Year 10 prom – when he had the hours-long Melbourne hospital operation.

When he completed High School in 2016, and with no recurrence of the heart issue, Mr Grose moved to Glenelg and Flinders University.

While he managed the transition to tertiary education relatively well, learning how to code as part of his degree in Software and Robotics Engineering was initially challenging.

“Coding was not taught well in school, so that was a curveball when I started University,” Mr Grose laughed.

After five years work he was given a double Degree in Software and Robotics Engineering (Honours).

“I have always wanted to get into engineering,” he says. “I liked maths and science and building things, but I wasn’t sure what sort of engineering to explore,” Mr Grose noted.

Coding can be particularly challenging because there is no universal ‘code’ or application – instead, there are different languages, such as Java, Python, and C++.

In his last year of University, Mr Grose got an internship with Sage Automation as an engineering officer, and this role was pivotal for Mr Grose’s career.

“After Uni, graduates generally need to do one or two years in a grad program to be fully certified in engineering,” he says.

So, as part of Mr Grose’s studies, he got a graduate role for a year at CQ, and then took a software engineering position within the company.

It didn’t take long for him to move through the ranks at CQ – he soon found himself working as a forecaster for the National Energy Market.

Towards the end of last year, a position in the company for an electricity operations lead opened, and Mr Grose applied for, and was awarded, the role.

He manages a team of 10 people, who cover electricity and trading operations for 50 assets across Australia.

Outside of work, Mr Grose is still involved in club soccer, playing for the Sturt Lions in Blackwood and though 2024 will be his third year at the club, he admits, “now, without as much time as I used to have, I’m not as good as I used to be”.

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